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Zimbabwe: MDC Alliance Are Terrorists - Mnangagwa

[Zimbabwe Standard] President Emmerson Mnangagwa yesterday branded the MDC Alliance a terrorist organisation that was "pro-violence" and "anti-people".

Nigeria: Democracy Day - Let's Join Hands to Build Bridge of Unity, Abiodun Tells Nigerians

[Vanguard] Abeokuta -- Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun on Saturday called on Nigerians to join hands together and build bridges of national unity and oneness of the country, rather that demolish fences.

Nigeria: Democracy Day - NAS Demands Electoral Reforms, Condemns Suppression of Protests

[Vanguard] The NAS Capoon, Mr Abiola Owoaje in a statement: "22 Years of Unbroken Democracy: Whither Nigeria" also lamented the continued repression of dissenting voices and suppression of protests in the country.

Zimbabwe: Mines, Banks in Crunch Talks Over U.S. Sanctions

[Zimbabwe Standard] Zimbabwe's mines said on Friday they had kicked-off crunch meetings with banks, government and the Minerals Marketing Corporation of Zimbabwe (MMCZ) to find a solution after operators reported that their funds had been withheld in MMCZ's foreign accounts by the United States government.

Nigeria: Nigeria Can Attain Sufficiency in Coconut By 2030 - Producers

[Daily Trust] The Jigawa State chapter of the National Coconut Producers, Processors and Marketers Association (NACOPPMAN) has inaugurated the 2021 coconut planting season in the state.

Zimbabwe: Doubt Over Commission's Ability to Rein in Rogue Army, Police Elements

[New Zimbabwe] Stakeholders have expressed reservations over the effectiveness of the envisaged Zimbabwe Independent Complaints Commission (ZICC) which, upon establishment, is expected to receive and adjudicate on complaints raised by civilians against members of the security services sector.

Nigeria: Toxic Counselors, Buhari's Albatrossess

[Daily Trust] Beyond the fallout of the trending tango between the federal government and Twitter, courtesy of the response by President Muhamadu Buhari to the presentation by the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Mahmood Yakubu at their recent meeting, there is at least one more angle that equally qualifies for more than passing attention. That is the reference by the president to his dalliance with the country's Constitution on whose provisions he was elected into office. In the same res

Nigeria: Buhari's Anti-Corruption Failure Fuels Insecurity, Undermines Democracy - Report

[Premium Times] "As the candidate who rode into office in 2015 on a wave of popular anger with entrenched elite corruption, he has made little effort to reform Nigeria's patronage-fueled, scandal-prone public sector."

Zimbabwe: Cheap Smuggled Mealie Meal Imports Choke Local Milling Industry

[New Zimbabwe] Zimbabwean millers have raised concern over the proliferation of cheaper brands of smuggled mealie-meal which they say continued to threaten the local milling industry.

Nigeria: June 12 - Peaceful Protests, Rallies Rock States

[Daily Trust] Nigerians, mostly youths, yesterday held peaceful processions and rallies in some states of the federation to mark this year's Democracy Day.

Nigeria: 30,000 Litres of Rabbit Urine Harvested for Fertiliser Production

[Daily Trust] A federal government agency, the National Agricultural Land Development Authority (NALDA) says it has harvested over 30,000 litres of rabbit urine and 1,000kg of rabbit droppings for fertiliser production in the country.

West Africa: Troubled West African Waters and New Conversation On Coastal Security

[This Day] While insecurity is surging on land, even the seas are no longer safe in West Africa. Last year, it was reported that over 95 per cent of all sea kidnappings occurred across the West African waters, in the Gulf of Guinea. The need to safeguard the regional waterways has necessitated a conversation on maritime security, which will hold at the 2nd International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference. Chris Paul reports

Nigeria: Democracy With Growing Violence

[This Day] The authorities must face the hard task of containing the booming violence

Nigeria: The Media and June 12

[This Day] Lagos -- The media played a central role in the country's return to democracy, writes L

Algeria: Algeria Holding Early Parliamentary Elections After 2 Years of Political Unrest

[VOA] Algerian voters are casting their ballots Saturday in early parliamentary elections, after two years of political unrest, although pro-democracy activists have called for a mass boycott.

Algeria: President Tebboune - Legislative Elections, Second Stage On Path of Building an Algeria Closer to Citizens

[Algerie Presse Service] Algiers -- President of the Republic Abdelmadjid Tebboune said Saturday in Algiers that the legislative elections represent a "second stage in the process of change and building of a democratic Algeria which is closer to the citizen."

Algeria: Algeria Holds First Parliamentary Elections Since Popular Revolt in 2019

[VOA] Cairo -- Commentators reported low turnout Saturday in parts of Algeria, which was holding its first parliamentary elections since a 2019 popular uprising swept away veteran President Abdel Aziz Bouteflika.

UFC 263: Israel Adesanya beats Marvin Vettori to retain middleweight title

Israel Adesanya beats Marvin Vettori to retain his middleweight title at UFC 263 as England's Leon Edwards and Scotland's Paul Craig also win.

South Africa: Johannesburg Is in Decay

[New Frame] South Africa's largest city is a world city, the home of jazz, art, politics and insurgent popular aspirations. But it is in precipitous decline, making now the time to act.

South Africa: HIV lessons for Covid-19

[New Frame] South Africa's third Covid-19 wave arrived in sync with winter. President Cyril Ramaphosa announced at the end of autumn that the country would be moving up to an adjusted level two of lockdown. He urged all South Africans to take responsibility for delaying the peak of the coming wave.